Are you trying to find love in Illinois?
Or are you just looking to hook up?
Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?
According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.
There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.
If you live in Illinois, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Prairie State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.
So, where are the best cities for singles in Illinois? We’ve got the answers here.
These are the best cities for singles in Illinois. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:
- Urbana (Photos)
- Chicago (Photos)
- Champaign (Photos)
- Carbondale (Photos)
- Blue Island (Photos)
- Chicago Ridge
- DeKalb (Photos)
- Melrose Park (Photos)
- Macomb (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.
The most boring place in Illinois? That would be Campton Hills.
How do you determine which city is best for singles in Illinois anyways?
To give you the places in Illinois which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the numbers for the Prairie State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Illinois, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Population density
- % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
- % of households with kids
- Median age
- Number of unmarried people in each city
We then gave each city a Singles Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Illinois, that meant a total of 217 cities.
Read on to see why Urbana is the talk of the town while Campton Hills is probably a bit on the boring side.
Median Age: 24.0
Married households: 27.9%
Households with kids: 18.5%
Urbana /rbæn/ is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 41,250 at the 2010 census. Urbana is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 32.7%
Households with kids: 28.2%
Chicago (/ko/ ( listen) or /ko/), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the United States. Chicago has often been called a global architecture capital and is considered one of the most important business centers in the world.
Median Age: 27.5
Married households: 35.3%
Households with kids: 21.8%
Champaign (English: /æmpen/) is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The city is 135 miles (217 km) south of Chicago, 124 miles (200 km) west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178 mi (286 km) northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The United States Census Bureau estimates the city was home to 84,513 people as of July 1, 2014. Champaign is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois, and the state’s fourth-most populous city outside the Chicago metropolitan area.
Median Age: 23.8
Married households: 23.6%
Households with kids: 17.4%
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as ‘Little Egypt.’ The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Today the major roadways of Illinois Route 13 and U.S. Route 51 intersect in the city. The city is 96 miles (154 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University.
5. Blue Island
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 31.4%
Households with kids: 33.4%
Blue Island is a city in Cook County, Illinois, located approximately 16 miles (26 km) south of Chicago’s Loop. Blue Island is adjacent to the city of Chicago and shares its northern boundary with that city’s Morgan Park neighborhood. The population was 23,706 at the 2010 United States Census.
Median Age: 32.8
Married households: 45.8%
Households with kids: 36.2%
Chicago Ridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,305 at the 2010 census.
Median Age: 24.5
Married households: 34.9%
Households with kids: 27.4%
DeKalb /dkælb/ is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 43,862 according to the 2010 census, up from 39,018 at the 2000 census. The city is named after decorated German war hero Johann de Kalb, who died during the American Revolutionary War.
Median Age: 37.1
Married households: 47.8%
Households with kids: 32.7%
9. Melrose Park
Median Age: 32.6
Married households: 42.9%
Households with kids: 45.1%
Melrose Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a suburb of Chicago,14 miles by road. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 25,411. Melrose Park had long been home to a large Italian-American population, but is now overwhelmingly Hispanic, based on US Census data.
Median Age: 24.2
Married households: 35.7%
Households with kids: 22.5%
Macomb /mkom/ is a city in and the county seat of McDonough County, Illinois, United States. It is situated in western Illinois, southwest of Galesburg. The city is about 75 miles southwest of Peoria and 77 miles south of the Quad Cities. A special census held in 2014 placed the city’s population at 21,516. Macomb is the home of Western Illinois University.
There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Illinois
If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Illinois ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.
Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Illinois according to the data:
- Campton Hills
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- These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Illinois